Studio Monthly by Matt Feury, Senior Product Marketing Mgr. Advanced Post Products, Avid Technology, Inc. avid Graduated blurs, often seen in music videos and commercials, have become a popular stylistic effect. Blurring the lower third or half of the screen can work on many different levels, from helping titles and graphics pop or directing the viewer’s eye to a specific part of the screen. STEP 1: Create a matte key Start with a simple timeline that has just one video track. In our example, we have a close-up of a B-17 bomber. The first step in the process is to create a matte key that will be the foundation of our blur. Under the Key category of the Effects Editor palette you will find AniMatte, a set of intraframe tools for creating custom matte shapes. Apply the AniMatte effect directly to the clip you want to blur. read more...

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